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Neal’s squad update ahead of Accrington

Team news and views from the manager on iFollow

20 September 2018

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Neal Ardley is hopeful that James Hanson will be back available to add extra strength to Wimbledon's attack for the match at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Hanson (pictured) returned to full training today after struggling with a calf injury and so too did fellow forward Jake Jervis, who missed the midweek Checkatrade Trophy match due to a hamstring injury. However, the manager does have one or two other doubts for Saturday's away game.

Speaking during his Thursday update for iFollow, Neal said: "James and Jake trained today and we need to see how they react to that. With a bit of luck, we will have them back. We are also having a look at Kwesi (Appiah) and seeing if he will be fit enough to travel. Anthony Wordsworth may also be a doubt as he has had tonsillitis. He is one who may be a concern. Jake felt his hamstring in training on Monday and we felt it was better not to push him through the game on Tuesday."

Wimbledon taking on Accrington brings back memories of those promotion battles back in the 2015/16 season and Neal says he has the utmost respect for his opposite number John Coleman, who guided the Lancashire club to League 2 title glory earlier this year.

Our manager knows that his squad will have to be at their best to come away from the Wham Stadium with a result on Saturday.

"When we work together, players and staff, we are a good team," said Neal. "The staff do a lot of assessing and working out what we need to do in games and what we need to focus on. Last week we gave them really good information and it was the information that ended up costing us because the players did not carry it onto the pitch. We need to work together. We give them the information and we do our homework and the players go and execute it to the letter. If we do that, then normally we are a really good team.

"When you lose your way a bit sometimes you need a kick up the backside or a defeat to get back to what you do well. That will be the message because we have the utmost respect for what John and his teamhave done. Year upon year they produced a team capable of being at the top of the league and they thoroughly deserved their promotion. I am expecting it to be really tough on Saturday."

Watch the full interview with Neal by clicking on the link to our iFollow channel above.

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